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Local Kombat Onesti Sells Out In A Day, Event Tomorrow


Local Kombat has been around in Romania for a long time, even before SuperKombat, and is powered by SuperKombat and Eduard Irimia. Its Bodyguard Finale event back in June drew 15 000 people, which is probably the biggest attendance for a kickboxing event in the world this year.

Local Kombat Onesti takes place tomorrow in Onesti, Romania, with the weigh-ins having taken place today. We previously posted the fight card, which features a wide array of Local Kombat national title fights, featuring many of Romania's up and coming kickboxers. Special guests on hand will be Raul Catinas, Mighty Mo, Sebastian Ciobanu, Andrei Stoica and Benjamin Adegbuyi.

The event is set up for 1800 people, but all it took was one day for it to sell out. SuperKombat, Local Kombat and ultimately Eduard Irimia in are highly successful in Romania, with the success continuing here and likely continuing for the SuperKombat WGP 2012 Final in Bucharest on December 22.


Bellator's Thiago Michel Continues With Kickboxing This Weekend

Thiago Michel is a kickboxer who made the switch over to MMA and has had a successful career in that, fighting in Bellator and making it to the organization's lightweight semi-final. Michel still does kickboxing, and has fought a number of times in that in Brazil this year, including his most prominent kickboxing fight to date at It's Showtime Brazil on November 10, where he defeated Steve Poort by unanimous decision.

On December 8, this Saturday, Michel returns to the kickboxing ring at the Tatneft Cup Brazil in Sao Paulo, which allows three Brazillian kickboxers to qualify to fight in the main Tatneft Cup tournaments in Kazan, Russia. Michel will be in an eight man, one night tournament at 70kg.

Along with the 70kg tournament that Michel is in, there's also an 80kg eight man tournament and a four man tournament at heavyweight, which will also be one night affairs. The tournament fights will be determined by lottery on the day of weigh-ins, which takes place tomorrow.

The Tatneft Cup Brazil is how Saulo Calavari qualified for the Tatneft Cup and eventually lead him to K-1. Brazil has a lot of talent, as we saw at It's Showtime Brazil with three Brazillians defeating their foreign counterparts, and it's good to see fighters from there being given an opportunity to get good fights in kickboxing.


Alex Oller (Oller / Serginho Team)
Daniel Junio ​​Santos (Bangkok / Gibi Thai)
Renan Maza (Seiwakai Team)
Max Koubik (Thai Brazil)
Jorge Chagas (Combat Sport)
Thiago Michel (Ely kickboxing / MMA)
Roberto Carlos Ant ( Team Cobra CT)
Bruno Gazani (ABC Staff Union)


Ricardo Snooze (Striker House)
Marcio Costa (Seiwakai Team)
Gabriel Antonio (Bravo Team)
Rodrigo Henrique (Brazil Thai)
Claudio Lira (Gibi Thai / Pamplona)
Anderson Archangel (Combat Sports)
Thiago Genesis (CT Cobra Team)


Vitor Miranda (Team Nogueira)
Haime Moraes Rodrigues (Mouse Team)
Carlos Correa (Uruguay Seiwakai)
Felipe Precious (Bravo Team)


Keita, Tsukagoshi Complete Krush 67kg Tournament + 4 Fights Announced for 1/14 Card

With a little over a month to go until Krush's 2013 opener at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on January 14th, titled Jawin Presents Krush Grand Prix 2013 ~67kg Tournament First Round~, Krush has finalized the 67kg tournament field, as well as adding 4 other fights to the card, including a tournament reserve fight.

Rounding out the tournament are two fighters moving up from 63kg, Hitoshi Tsukagoshi and Makihira Keita. Keita earned his spot in the tournament with a win over RISE product Kotetsu at Krush-EX vol.6 in what was Krush's inaugural 67kg fight. Before that, he represented Nagoya at Krush.22, losing to Masaaki Noiri by decision. Tsukagoshi competed in this year's 63kg WILDRUSH League, going 3-2 and finishing 2nd, trailing winner Hideaki Yamazaki by only 2 points heading into the final leg, where he needed a knockout to win and fought like it, but left himself open and dropped a decision to TaCa. These two are solid fighters, but will likely be in over their heads, joining Yuta Kubo, Yuji Nashiro, Shintaro Matsukura, Yuya Yamamoto and foreigners Houcine Bennoui and Abdallah Ezbiri, all of whom would be favored to win a first round matchup with Tsukagoshi and Keita. An opening round win would be huge for either fighter, especially in a weight class that hasn't gotten much exposure and, quite frankly, is pretty shallow.

Along with the announcements of the last 2 participants came the announcement of a reserve fight, pitting the aforementioned TaCa against MA Kick Welterweight champion Jun Nakazawa. TaCa went 2-3 in the WILDRUSH League, picking up wins in his first and last fights, but losing 3 straight in between. Nakazawa went 4-0 in 2011, winning the MA Kick Welterweight title, but is just 1-2 this year with losses to Daiki Watabe and Hideya Tanaka with a win over Kousuman in between.

In a 64.5kg fight, former K-1 Koshien champ Hiroya returns to Krush to take on Keiji Ozaki. Hiroya's most recent outing in Krush was an upset loss to Hisaki Higashimoto in the opening round of this year's Youth GP. He returned to action just a few days ago at Big Bang 11, but at 65kg, picking up a 2nd round TKO of Chonden Chuwattana. Considering he fought at 65kg there and is facing a fellow 63kg fighter at 64.5kg, I would assume Hiroya is all but done at 63kg and is aiming to head to Krush's new 67kg weight class and maybe eventually end up at 70kg. Ozaki is no stranger to fighting larger opponents, competing at 70kg in K-1 before they adopted the 63kg weight class. He is 3-1 on the year with wins over Hironori Hattori, Ding Ning and Masanobu Gotu, with the loss coming to Taito.

At 60kg, "Kyoken" Yuji Takeuchi faces MMA fighter Hirotaka Miyakawa, who makes his kickboxing debut. Takeuchi returned this year after a 10-month layoff and is 2-1 since, picking up wins over Sendet Sasiprapa and Fumiya Osawa, but losing his most recent fight to rising prospect SHIGERU a few days ago at Big Bang 11. Miyakawa started his career 3-6-2 from 2002-2006, then took a 3 year break and since returning is 3-4. While his record isn't pretty, Miyakawa is an action fighter with only 4 of his 18 fights going the distance.

In the last announced fight, 60kg fighters Kan Itabashi and Junpei Aotsu face off. Former RISE champ Itabashi is 1-1 in Krush, with his loss being a close decision to Naoki Ishikawa and his win a 1st round KO of Katsuya Goto. Aotsu is 3-1 this year, losing in the opening round of this year's Krush 60kg tournament to Yuya and winning 3 straight since. The winner of this fight could face the winner of Takeuchi-Miyakawa, with the winner being well-positioned for a title shot.

Also expected to participate on the card are 2012 Youth GP Finalist Hisaki Higashimoto, 60kg Tournament Finalist Katsuya Goto and WILDRUSH League participants Yukimitsu Takahashi and NOMAN.


Vendetta VI This Weekend: Fight Card

Vendetta holds their sixth fight card this weekend in Vienna, Austria and it's undoubtedly their best one yet. The card features fighters from all over Europe, including four from FF Carbin in Holland like Sergio Wielzen, Duoli Chen and Aziz Kallah.

The main event sees the always active long time veteran Fadi Merza in his home country against England's Jason Woodham at 72.5kg. Merza comes off a September win in Austria over Mohammed El Mir. He was scheduled to fight Steve Moxon n October but had to pull out.

At 63.5kg, Sergio Wielzen once again fights at a pretty high weight for him against Austria's Sasa Jovanovic. Jovanovic has been around for a long time around Europe and usually is a good test no matter who he fights. Wielzen is winless this year so he'll really want to get a win and get some momentum going for 2013.

Also from FF Carbin is Duoli Chen, who's been featured on It's Showtime this year as one of the up and coming 77kg fighters. Chen will fight Austria's Shodran Veseli at 76kg and looks to make it two wins in a row after his win at It's Showtime Brazil last month.

At 74kg, FF Carbin's up and comer Aziz Kallah fights Foad Sadeghi, again from Austria. Sadeghi lost to Maximo Suarez in September and this is a similar fight, as Kallah is in a similar career position to Suarez as a promising up and comer. At 84kg there's another Holland vs. Austria match-up, as Errol Koning fights David Keclik in full Muay Thai rules. All the rest of the fights are K-1 rules.

72.5kg: Fadi Merza vs. Jason Woodham

63.5kg: Sergio Wielzen vs. Sasa Jovanovic

74kg: Aziz Kallah vs. Foad Sadeghi

75kg: Lirim Ahmeti vs. Mika Tahitu

75kg: Serdan Dedecan vs. Ales Zavec

76kg: Duoli Chen vs. Shkodran Veseli

81kg: Adam Evloev vs. Alen Belec

81kg: Aleksander Stankov vs. Fahir Batjari

84 MT: Errol Koning vs. David Keclik

HW: Muamer Tufekcic vs. Antonio Copeta


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